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deal with it

My students have been inquiring about endangered animals and our responsibility as humans to care for living things. Though I try hard to shelter the students from the potential hazardous information they may see by giving them specific websites or apps to...

flip the script

A few weeks ago, a scary NPR article was all over my social media. Because my community was reposting, sharing, and conversing about it, the article kept rising to the top of my news feed. I couldn't get away from it no matter how hard I tried. But the title did me...

i see you

I've talked about our family's views on technology ad nauseam. I've shared our experiences, the good, the bad, and the embarrassing. I've detailed my views about having an open-dialogue with your kids, trying to use technology in balance, empowering children to use...

living life in balance

We're raising our children in an environment completed saturated by technology. As I sat down to write this blog, I did a census of the technology around our house and I was horrified with (and almost too embarrassed to share) the results. But more worrisome than the...

an open dialogue

As a teacher, I'm often so exhausted having dealt with other people's kids all day that I sometimes forget to practice what I preach at home! I'll admit it, my husband and I have made mistakes in the rearing of our two lovelies. One of the Langlands' classics was...

open-ended math workshop

The Why? Open-ended math question days are the most exciting ones in my classroom. The room is usually frenetic with students eager to solve complex problems. Student agency takes center stage as they are asked to solve a problem in any way they want using any tool...

genius hour workshop

What is Genius Hour? Inspired by Google’s 20% initiative, Genius Hour is an international movement that is provoking student-centered passion projects with teacher guidance. Teachers are the facilitators in a student’s independent (or small group) inquiry journey....

calling it like I see it

I live in a pretty conservative country at the moment. And though parents are vehemently opposed to our school posting pictures of their children learning, creating, and inquiring via the school's social media sites, those same parents don't see any issue with posting...

coaching the future

I don’t know it all. I know a lot of different things about a lot of different things. I like to share my expertise with others in hopes that it might inspire them. And I really like to talk and collaborate on ideas that are just outside of the norm. But I don't know...

taking the leap

For most people, our life's journey leads us to a crossroads and beautifully daunting choices lay ahead. Robert Frost knew this all too well. In his "The Road Not Taken" poem, he talks about looking out on the two paths and feeling sad that he couldn't take both. Two...

solution making

For the last 6 weeks, I've been emerging myself in the world of Design Thinking. My learning journey has taken me (and my students) on a voyage I didn't expect. But now that my (virtual) bags are unpacked and I can reflect on my experience, I feel as if I'm ready to...

first grade reflections

We are always reflecting in my classroom. What did you know? What do you know now? How do you know you know what you know? My poor students have to reflect, explain their thinking, and recalibrate their ideas at every twist and turn. But today, the tables have turned....

who the heck

Langlands 2.0 is the home of reflections on teaching, learning, and tech integration in an international classroom.

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